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Welcome to Atia Counselling Group. We are experienced therapists who specialize in providing in-person and virtual counselling services to meet your mental health needs.

Welcome to Atia Counselling Group. We are experienced therapists who specialize in providing in-person and virtual counselling services to meet your mental health needs.

Welcome to Atia Counselling Group. We are experienced therapists who specialize in providing in-person and virtual counselling services to meet your mental health needs.

Welcome to Atia Counselling Group. We are experienced therapists who specialize in providing in-person and virtual counselling services to meet your mental health needs.

Welcome to Atia Counselling Group. We are experienced therapists who specialize in providing in-person and virtual counselling services to meet your mental health needs.

Welcome to Atia Counselling Group. We are experienced therapists who specialize in providing in-person and virtual counselling services to meet your mental health needs.

The goal of this program is not only to fulfill the court's requirements but to help you build on your strengths and attain personal goals.

The goal of this program is not only to fulfill the court's requirements but to help you build on your strengths and attain personal goals.

The goal of this program is not only to fulfill the court's requirements but to help you build on your strengths and attain personal goals.

• People facing criminal Charges
• Anger management
• Conflict resolution
• Substance use

• People facing criminal Charges
• Anger management
• Conflict resolution
• Substance use

• People facing criminal Charges
• Anger management
• Conflict resolution
• Substance use

Therapy tailored to help athletes achieve excellence both on and off playing fields.

Therapy tailored to help athletes achieve excellence both on and off playing fields.

Therapy tailored to help athletes achieve excellence both on and off playing fields.

• Conflict Resolution
• Communication
• Performance

• Conflict Resolution
• Communication
• Performance

• Conflict Resolution
• Communication
• Performance

Counselling services centered around empowering employees with soft skills to mitigate challenges as well as achieve maximum potential.

Counselling services centered around empowering employees with soft skills to mitigate challenges as well as achieve maximum potential.

Counselling services centered around empowering employees with soft skills to mitigate challenges as well as achieve maximum potential.

• Conflict resolution
• Stress management
• Communication
• Productivity

• Conflict resolution
• Stress management
• Communication
• Productivity

• Conflict resolution
• Stress management
• Communication
• Productivity

Helping people develop coping strategies in areas of personal need:

Helping people develop coping strategies in areas of personal need:

Helping people develop coping strategies in areas of personal need:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Substance abuse

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Substance abuse

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Substance abuse

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Atia Counselling Group

Dialogue tailored & client centred

Atia Counselling Group has over 15 years experience in counselling with older adolescents and adults from various backgrounds.

In-person and Video Counselling

Atia Counselling Group provides counselling services in-person or via video. The counselling sessions are private and confidential and done at the patient’s convenience. The goal is to provide flexibility in scheduling, decrease wait times, and increases the theraputic experience.

Experience

Atia Counselling Group has over 15 years experience counselling people within a variety of settings including people facing criminal charges, group homes, youth shelters, hospitals, addiction centres, secondary and post-secondary institutions and University Sport Teams (USports).

Recognized Reports

A distinguishing component of the Atia Counselling Group is the summative report that speaks to the progress and achievements within the counselling sessions.  The experience and reputation within the mental health field have led to professional and recognizable reports by courts, companies and athletics organizations.  The reports satisfy external demands while maintaining a balance of client confidentiality.

Accreditation

Atia Counselling Group has licensed therapists accredited by the College of Social workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Frequently Asked Questions

Is online counselling effective?

At Atia Counselling Group, our sessions are done through online video conference.  This combines the benefits of face-to-face counselling and the advantages that technology offers.  Several studies show that online counselling is just as effective as face-to-face counselling if not more effective due to the convenience, accessibility and the buffer the online platform provides.

“Research suggests that patients report enhanced therapeutic alliance, increased self-disclosure, and decreased stigma with distance services when compared to face-to-face services.” E-Mental Health Commission, 2014

Can I get counselling even though I’m not in crisis?

You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one before choosing to have therapy.  Counselling can help if you are currently struggling to overcome a particular issue or address a reoccurring problem.

What happens during the first session?

The initial session is when you share your situation, your concerns and your goals. We will also discuss the number of sessions needed and fees.  With your input, we tailor a program to help you reach your goals.

Is my information confidential?

Clients are assured that everything they discuss or disclose in counselling will be held in the strictest confidence, and will not be revealed to anyone else without their expressed consent.

Exceptions to this involve disclosures or significant risk of child abuse/neglect, expressed intention or imminent risk of harm to oneself or others, and written court orders.

What if I need services that you don't provide?

Atia Counselling Group will do its best meet your needs.  We are also happy to provide referrals to other resources and community services.

What’s the difference between talking to a friend and talking to a counsellor?

Friends and family can be rich sources of love and support but are limited in training and experience.  Therapists have the educational background and are trained to identify mental health issues.  They are equipped to provide you with the best available evidence-based treatment for the problem.

What does a counsellor do?

Active listening is the largest part of what all counsellors do.  They help clients clarify their problem areas and help them decide what steps they want to take next.  Counsellors will proceed at the client’s pace and work with them to have increased mental well being.

How long do appointments last and how often will we meet?

Appointments are approximately 50 minutes in length. This is the standard length of a counselling session.  We will meet once a week to gain momentum and consistency.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you have a session that you are no longer able to keep, please note that a 24-hour notice is required to reschedule your online session without charge.  If less than 24 hours notice is given, or if you miss, or forget an appointment, you will be charged a non-refundable fee.

Can you prescribe medication?

At Atia Counselling Group the therapists do not prescribe medication.  If you want to be evaluated for medication you need to contact your primary care physician or a psychiatrist.

Are there any issues or types of client that you don’t work with?

Due to licensing regulations, counsellors in Ontario can only provide counselling to individuals residing in Ontario, Canada.  Atia Counselling will not conduct child custody evaluations nor provide custody recommendations.  We don’t provide treatment for eating disorders, psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, etc), or personality disorders.

We do not offer crisis counselling or emergency services.  If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

What is the difference between a social worker, a psychologist, and a psychiatrist?

A person who provides psychotherapy services can be any of the professionals listed below.  The main difference between these types of professionals is their training and educational background.

A psychiatrist is a doctor who has attended medical school and has completed a residency in psychiatry.  Psychiatrists and other medical doctors are the only professionals who can prescribe psychiatric medications.  Many psychiatrists focus on severe issues such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.  These challenges usually require a combination of therapy and medication.

A clinical psychologist is a professional who has earned a PhD or a PsyD in clinical psychology.  Psychologists cannot prescribe medication but are trained to work with individuals who have either mild or severe psychological issues.  Some psychologists do not work as therapists but instead, teach at universities or conduct research.

A social worker or the therapists at Atia Counselling Group have earned a Masters-level degree in social work.  They are focused exclusively on providing therapy to individuals, couples, or families.  S/he does not prescribe medications.  They focus on common life issues, including stress and anxiety, mild to moderate depression, relationship conflicts, and work or career development.  Although counselling graduate programs include a great deal of psychology, the emphasis is more on working with “problems of normal living” rather than severe mental illnesses.

Experience & Excellence

About Me

Mark has over 15 years of counselling experience within the mental health and social services fields. He has worked in a variety of settings including group homes, youth shelters, hospitals, addiction centres, and secondary and post-secondary institutions.

In 2008, Mark started his private practice to provide therapeutic counselling for individuals facing criminal charges.   Over the years, Mark has developed his practice to include counselling for athletes and employees.  Areas of focus range from anger management, stress management, adjustment issues, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, conflict resolution within a domestic or professional setting, and drug/alcohol counselling.  Mark provides individual therapy to older adolescents and adults.

“When people face difficult or challenging times they look for help. Helping and supporting people is my passion”

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Client Testimonials

"Mark was a great counsellor. Open minded, understanding and non judgmental. I’m glad I made the right choice by choosing him. Every session was helpful and I looked forward to the next visit because it would calm me down and get me focused on what mattered. Thank you Mark for everything you’ve taught and showed me."
- GS

"Mark was a great counsellor. Open minded, understanding and non judgmental. I’m glad I made the right choice by choosing him. Every session was helpful and I looked forward to the next visit because it would calm me down and get me focused on what mattered. Thank you Mark for everything you’ve taught and showed me."
- GS

"Mark was a great counsellor. Open minded, understanding and non judgmental. I’m glad I made the right choice by choosing him. Every session was helpful and I looked forward to the next visit because it would calm me down and get me focused on what mattered. Thank you Mark for everything you’ve taught and showed me."
- GS

"Mark is a great counsellor who really cares about you. He is very patient. He listens to you first and then offers solutions which are very thoughtful, easy to understand and practical. Also, he is very flexible and even has helped me on holidays and weekends when I was overseas. I would recommend Mark to anyone who is looking for counselling."
- AN

"Mark is a great counsellor who really cares about you. He is very patient. He listens to you first and then offers solutions which are very thoughtful, easy to understand and practical. Also, he is very flexible and even has helped me on holidays and weekends when I was overseas. I would recommend Mark to anyone who is looking for counselling."
- AN

"Mark is a great counsellor who really cares about you. He is very patient. He listens to you first and then offers solutions which are very thoughtful, easy to understand and practical. Also, he is very flexible and even has helped me on holidays and weekends when I was overseas. I would recommend Mark to anyone who is looking for counselling."
- AN

"I started working with Mark after a turn of events brought me to the courts and I required social services. Mark’s work is outstanding, as well as convenient. I didn’t have to go to an office, we worked through video conference. He is also very well informed and adaptive. He was able to get to my way of thinking and help me change some unhealthy patterns. I would highly recommend Mark, he is an outstanding professional and an amazing person."
- KB

"I started working with Mark after a turn of events brought me to the courts and I required social services. Mark’s work is outstanding, as well as convenient. I didn’t have to go to an office, we worked through video conference. He is also very well informed and adaptive. He was able to get to my way of thinking and help me change some unhealthy patterns. I would highly recommend Mark, he is an outstanding professional and an amazing person."
- KB

"I started working with Mark after a turn of events brought me to the courts and I required social services. Mark’s work is outstanding, as well as convenient. I didn’t have to go to an office, we worked through video conference. He is also very well informed and adaptive. He was able to get to my way of thinking and help me change some unhealthy patterns. I would highly recommend Mark, he is an outstanding professional and an amazing person."
- KB

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